Thelma B. Hornstein, 90, of Kent and a former Sunnyside resident died Saturday, March 22, 2008.

She was born Thelma Baker Briggs on Feb. 17, 1918 in Corning, N.Y. to Lemuel and Juliette Briggs. She graduated from Corning High School and From Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y.

She married Searles Hornstein in 1940. They became the youth leaders of The Corning Presbyterian Church for several years.

Thelma held various jobs in Montgomery, Ala., Atlanta, Ga. and San Antonio, Texas as she followed her husband, who was a 'stateside' x-ray technician in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The family moved to Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado before coming to Sunnyside in 1952 for 10 years while Searles worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. They were very active in the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, where Thelma, 'Perk', became a deacon. She and Searles square danced. She worked many years for an insurance agency. They lived in Bismark, N.D. for 30 years until Searles' death in 2000. She moved to Renton in 2006 to be near her daughter.

Thelma loved to travel and visited Spain, South Africa, Morocco, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Panama Canal, Mexico, Canada, and all the states in the U.S. She also loved to play bridge, read and work crossword puzzles.

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Susan (Glen) Scholtes of Kent; her granddaughter, Eryn (Josh) Frank; great-granddaughter, Olivia, and great-grandson, Noah, all of Rockford, Ill.; a nephew, Robert (Theresa) Ende, and daughter, Tenya of Los Altos, Calif.; and a niece, Lucinda Reid of Chichester, N.H.

The family has requested that any memorials be given to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church's children's education program or a charity of the donor's choice in Thelma's name.


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